Nancy Hewett Maxson passed away peacefully, Sunday, January 20, 2019, in
Atlantic Beach, FL at sunset.
Nancy was born on August 9,1931, the eldest child of Helen (Squire) of Clyde,
OH & Larry Hewett, a popular pianist, from Lakewood, OH.
Nancy loved her brother, Robert Squire Hewett (Barbara) of Tucson, AZ and his wonderful family
who survives her. Nancy was the beloved granddaughter of Eva (Wedge) from
Vermillion, OH and Robert James Hewett, of Gorleston, England who began his
career with Standard Oil in Cleveland in 1895, and beloved granddaughter of
Mae (Musgrave) & Ira Squire of Clyde, Ohio. Several years after his wife Mae
passed away, Ira Squire married Mollie Ames Snyder. Nancy loved her “Mollie-
Ma” and “Bampy”. Nancy loved her only “cousins”, English twins, Ursula & Diana,
and their beautiful families. The twins were sent by their Jewish family, in hopes
to survive what was sure to be the German Occupation of England. Nancy’s aunt
and uncle, Dorothy (Squire) and Al Neiman, sponsored the twins for the duration
of WWII and until it was safe for their return to London.
Nancy’s family moved to Akron for a business opportunity. It was there, by
chance, that Nancy met the love of her life, William Burdette Maxson, in 1946 at
Buchtel High School. Bill’s parents, Laura (Shively) & Herbert Maxson, an aviator,
journalist and Public Relations Director for B.F. Goodrich, lived in Akron. Bill
received an appointment to the US Naval Academy and Nancy went off to Mary
Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. The US Air Force offered the USNA
Class of 1952 cadets a flying career with a Second Lieutenant commission at
graduation. Forgoing her college senior year, Nancy & Bill married, July 12, 1952
in Lakewood, OH, launching Bill’s flying career and Nancy’s career as a military
wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, roles she cherished!
Together with their children, Suzie and Bob, Nancy and Bill shared 35 moves
across the United States and to the Philippines, facing many uncertainties,
including the Vietnam War. With every assignment, life-long friendships
blossomed. Throughout her lifetime Nancy proved true that “The road to a
friend’s house is never long!” Many dear friends named their daughters after her.
Nancy loved her friends deeply and loved news about all their young families.
She lived to see dear ones again.
After military retirement in 1984, Nancy enjoyed living in Alexandria, VA for
several years as Bill consulted with aviation industries representing Cypress
International. Appreciating the proximity of Eglin AFB, Nancy and Bill retired to
the beautiful white sands of Destin, FL and the bayous of Freeport, FL which
became home for 30 years! In 2011 dear USNA ‘52 classmates introduced
Nancy & Bill to Fleet Landing, Atlantic Beach, FL, their final Home Sweet Home!
Nancy’s commitment to Air Force life and all who serve the Strategic Air
Command mission to “Fly and Fight” never wavered. Her non-stop support for
NAVY football lives on! “GO NAVY!” As dear family, friends, and especially the
USNA Class of ’52, mourned Bill’s passing in January 2013, we mourn and honor
Nancy, whose style, independence, fun-loving spirit and devotion to those she
loved, make her unforgettable!
“The Beat Goes On!” Nancy is survived by her beloved son, CAPT (ret NOAA)
Robert William Maxson, Ph.D. (Mary Ellen) of Parkville, MO, and daughter,
Suzanne Maxson Maltz, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.; and her beloved
grandchildren, Eric Edward Maltz (Monica), of Berlin, Germany; Ryan William
Maltz of Tuckahoe, NY; Leigh Burdette Maxson Lilla (Matt) of Safety Harbor, FL;
Katelyn Anne Maxson Horowitz (Evan) of Kansas City, KC; Kyle Robert Maltz
(Suellen) of Astoria, NY; and Drew Bernard Maltz of New York City; and her
beloved great-grandchildren; Alma Suzan and William Herbert.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Mark Messinese and all
those on staff at Fleet Landing’s Derfer Pavilion, for their loving care and
countless acts of kindness, and to Baptist Medical Center Beaches Emergency
Room Staff, Second Floor Nurses, Dr. Tom Hilton and the Heart Specialists
Team; and the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville’s Heart Pavilion staff,
especially, Dr. Ruby Sapathy’s Team. The family thanks Senior Helpers and
Community Hospice for seeing to Nancy’s every need.
In lieu of flowers, joyful donations may be made to:
The Helen & Leonard Hewett Music Scholarship Fund,
Northwest Florida State College Foundation, 100 College Boulevard East,
Niceville, Florida 32578-1295; www.nwfscfoundation.org; or to a favorite charity.
Family and friends are gathering for a Memorial Celebration of Nancy’s Life
on Saturday, May 25, 2019 10AM at The Foos Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 504 E. McPherson, Clyde, OH 43410.
The Rev. Matt Wahlgren will officiate the Episcopal Committal Service following the celebration at
McPherson Cemetery, 505 E. McPherson Highway Clyde, OH 43410,